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Mustang Manual Transmission Guide

Ever since the Mustang was born on April 17, 1964, the manual transmission has become a signature staple of performance within every Mustang. Throughout the years, manual transmissions have come a long way from their original roots. In 1965, Ford started with the beloved four-speed, which is synonymous with legendary Mustangs like the Shelby GT350/GT350R, GT500, Boss 302, and Boss 429.

Since then, each Mustang manual transmission has improved every year due to Ford's innovation, engineering, and technology. Don't know what manual transmission is in your 1979-Present Mustang? No need to fear, Steeda has you covered. Below you find a comprehensive guide on everything you will need to know about your Mustang transmission!

Single Rail OverdriveTremec T-5Tremec T-45BorgWarner/Tremec T-56Tremec TR-3650Tremec TR-6060Getrag MT-82Tremec TR-3160Tremec TR-9070 DCT

SROD Transmission

SROD (Single Rail Overdrive)

When the Fox Body Mustang was introduced in 1979, it took the world by storm with its design cues harkening back to the infamous first generation Mustang. As most Fox Body Mustang enthusiasts go, a manual transmission is as synonymous as the 5.0L V8 itself; you can't have one without the other. In 1979, the Fox Body Mustang was introduced with the SROD (Single Rail Overdrive) Transmission.

During this time, Mustang's performance was still detuned due to emissions, regulations, and gas prices. Therefore, the first generation push-rod 5.0L V-8 did not produce much horsepower to the ground. In turn, Ford realized that they would only need a transmission that was capable of 200 lb-ft of torque. The SROD was not built to withstand anything more than that; otherwise, it tended to fail within the transmission case. Most enthusiasts saw this as a problem for creating more power, so they turned to the T-5, which was very cost-effective and could handle substantially more horsepower and torque.

You can find the SROD transmission in the following Mustangs:

  • 1979-1982 Mustang GT 5.0L (302)
  • Very early production 1983 Mustang GT 5.0L

SROD Transmission Gear Ratios


Mustang T-5 Manual Transmission

Tremec T-5

The T-5 is the longest-running manual transmission in the history of the Mustang. As the Fox Body Mustang evolved, so did the T-5 manual transmission. First introduced halfway through 1983, it was a significant step forward in transmission engineering and design. It allowed Mustang enthusiasts more accessibility to higher horsepower, torque, and modifications.

First introduced as a non-world class T-5, it drastically improved the 5.0L V8 performance, drivability, and fuel economy. It was the first to feature an aluminum transmission case, that served as the synchronizer for the first five gears and reverse gear. The non-world class T-5 featured a 10-spline input shaft along with a 28-spline output shaft. Non-world class is the least desired of the 5.0L Fox Body Mustangs due to old technology it was based on, such as bearing arrangement, gear metallurgy, and synchronizer design.

Among American performance vehicles during this era, the Fox Body Mustang was some of the very first vehicles to adopt the world-class T-5. First introduced into the 2.3L SVO and 5.0L Mustang, these transmissions received a much-needed needle bearing under each gear. Engineers enabled the transmission to have less drag from each synchronizer and shift. Each of the lower counter gears was given a tapered bearing to replace the outdated bronze thrust washer. The primary shaft of the transmission was lined with fiber steel rings to improve friction surfaces while shifting. 5th gear overdrive remained with a bronze lining. Enthusiasts stated that each shift through the transmission felt much smoother due to the synchro gears slowing faster than before. The world-class T-5 was estimated to handle up to 265 LB/FT of torque.

In 1990, the Mustang received another world-class T-5 upgrade to enhance further the already stout capability that enthusiasts came to know. Designed with a more robust 3.35 gear set, each was built with more substantial nickel content for a much more reliable gear. Each of the synchro linings in 3rd and 4th gear was wrapped with carbon fiber for better shifting ability. These were rated to handle 300 LB/FT of torque as well.

The mother of all T-5 manual transmissions was equipped in the holy grail of all Fox Body Mustangs. The 1993 Cobra and Cobra R were the most prolific American performance cars other than the Corvette. Ford and Tremec upgraded the T-5 to withstand as much torque and power as possible. They did this by adding a front tapered output bearing along with a steel front bearing retainer. Each Cobra T-5 received a reverse brake and synchro assembly. Torque capability was increased by 10 LB/FT over the stock 300 LB/FT world-class T-5 equating to 310 LB/FT.

You can find the T-5 transmission in the following Mustangs:

  • 1983-1993 Mustang GT & LX 5.0L V8
  • 1993 Cobra & Cobra R 5.0L V8
  • 1994-1995 Mustang GT & Cobra
  • 2005-2010 Mustang 4.0L V6

T-5 Transmission Gear Ratios

1983 1/22.951.941.341.000.732.76

1993 Mustang Cobra & Cobra R T-5 Transmission Gear Ratios


Mustang T45 Manual Transmission

Tremec T-45

With the SN95 generation in full effect, Mustang engineers were out to challenge the status quo for even better manual transmission performance. After many years of the legendary pushrod 5.0L V8, Ford decided it was time to pull the plug for a more innovative approach to engine performance. When the Modular engine was released, it introduced the very first single overhead camshaft design, which contributed to better fuel economy, horsepower, and torque. The T-45 was the evolution of the T-5 derived from the 1993 Cobra. Each Mustang that came equipped with transmission received a 10.5-inch clutch.

Each Tremec T-45 transmission shares a lot of similarities to the even more stout T-56 found in the sinister Terminator Cobra. The unfortunate side is the weak link in the 10-spline input shaft, which limits the amount of power it can handle. Found in each 96-98 Mustang GT is an 8-tooth speedometer sensor drive gear, which was located aft forward of the transmission mount. Unlike the Mustang GT, each 96-98 Cobra was equipped with a seven-tooth speedometer sensor drive gear, located in the rear of the T45. Cobra models in 1999-2001 GT and Cobra models used a “hall-tech” electronic pickup sensor for the speedometer signal, located rear aft of the transmission mount.

Many of the variants of the T45 did not share any of the shifter components from one another. For instance, the shifter in the 96-01 T-45 shares elements from the T-5 transmission, whereas the fork from the 3-4 shift was updated in the 98-01 and can be found as a standard upgrade in the 96-97 models. For the first time, the reverse gear was a fully functioning synchronized gear. Every variant of T45 manual transmissions used ribbed aluminum cases with an integrated bell housing.

You can find the T-45 transmission in the following Mustangs:

  • 1996-1998 Mustang 4.6L 2V SOHC V8
  • 1996-1998 Cobra 4.6L 4V DOHC V8
  • 1999-Early 2001 Mustang GT 4.6L 2V SOHC V8 Equipped with Code-6 Transmission
  • 1999-Early 2001 Cobra 4.6L 4V DOHC V8 Equipped with Code-6 Transmission
  • Early 2001 Mustang Bullitt 4.6L 2V SOHC V8 Equipped with Code-6 Transmission

T-45 Transmission Gear Ratios


Terminator Cobra T-56 Manual Transmission

BorgWarner/Tremec T-56

In the world of Ford Performance, there isn’t a more legendary Cobra than the Terminator! In its era, it was the pinnacle of American muscle car performance. For the first time, the 2003-2004 SVT Cobra would receive an Eaton Supercharger on the legendary 4.6L 32V V8. With all this incredible power, it was unfortunate it did not receive the best T-56 engineered to date. Since every Terminator Cobra engine was hand-built, some were higher in horsepower than others. Therefore, different levels of power were put through each Tremec T56 manual transmission.

Diagnosed weak points in every T-56 were the 10-spline input shaft and the 27-spline output shaft, this severely crippled the total amount of power that could be run through the otherwise incredible 6-speed manual gearbox. Ford engineered the Cobra with a 6-speed transmission for the first time; it allowed for two overdrive gears for longer gearing and better fuel economy. Designed with an aluminum case for added rigidity, it featured a bell housing that could be removed for different applications.

In today’s world, this is still one of the top manual transmissions to be had. In the enthusiast’s world, the T56 is still one of the most desirable transmissions to acquire for any Mustang build. Torque capability from the factory was seen from 350 LB/FT to 400LB/FT of torque. Also, aftermarket applications are exceeding way past that with upgraded driveline components such as clutch, flywheel, and a short-throw shifter.

You can find the T-56 transmission in the following Mustangs:

  • 2003-2004 SVT “Terminator” Cobra Supercharged 4.6L 32V V8

BorgWarner/Tremec T-56 Transmission Gear Ratios


Mustang TR-3650 Manual Gearbox

Tremec TR-3650

After the turn of the century, Ford introduced a transmission that again would only enhance Mustang’s performance for the next decade. The TR-3650 is a 5-speed gearbox that was significantly stronger than the outgoing T-45 model. Like the outgoing T45, it shared an aluminum ribbed casing for added strength and rigidity. During 2001-2004 there weren’t any different variations between trim levels. It was the first time in the last five years amongst Mustang GT and Cobra models.

As the S197 Mustang launched in Detroit, enthusiasts were raving that the TR-3650 would receive an update just as the all-new retro styling Mustang did. For 2005, the Mustang GT received a modular 4.6L 3V V8 equipped with only over 300 BHP and 300 ft/lbs of torque. Each S197 Mustang GT came equipped standard with an 11-inch clutch. Just like the T-45, the TR-3650 has a similar weak spot in the 10-spline input shaft; this limits the amount of power it is capable of handling. Fortunately, the output shaft is a beefy 31-spine unit. In 2001-2004 models, it uses a rear slip yoke, while the 2005-2010 Mustangs use a fixed flange instead.

You must note that the shifter in the T-45 and T-5 are not interchangeable with one another. In contrast, the TR3650 and T45 can interchange the shifter assembly with each other if a speedometer calibration is compensated for the difference in speedometer signals. The TR-3650 has been known to handle up to 500 lb/ft of torque or more with proper aftermarket upgrades, including lightweight racing flywheel, twin-disc clutch, and revised slave cylinder.

You can find the TR-3650 transmission in the following Mustangs:

  • 2001-2004 Mustang GT 4.6L 2V 8 Equipped with K-Code Transmission
  • 2001 Cobra 4.6L 32V V8 Equipped with K-Code Transmission
  • 2003-2004 Mustang Mach 1 4.6L 32V V8
  • 2005-2010 Mustang GT, Bullitt, and Shelby GT 3V 4.6L V8
  • 2001 Mustang Bullitt 4.6L 2V V8 Equipped with K-Code Transmission

Tremec TR-3650 Transmission Gear Ratios

2001-2004 4.6L 2V V83.382.001.321.000.683.38
2001 Cobra 4.6L 4V V83.382.001.321.000.683.38
2003-2004 Mach 1 4.6L 4V V83.382.001.321.000.623.38
2005-2010 4.6L 3V V83.382.001.321.000.683.38

Shelby GT500 TR-6060 Manual Transmission

Tremec TR-6060

When the Shelby GT500 returned in 2007, it took the muscle car world by storm. For 40 years, it had vanished from the public eye since the original in 1967. Launched with a variation of the infamous 2005-2006 Ford GT 5.4L 32V V8, it produced 500 horsepower and 480 lb/ft of torque. It was no wonder that Ford had to step up their game to back up that much power.

As the S197 GT500 was being developed, Ford knew it would have to rely on its partner Tremec to get the job done right. Together, they formed what is now known as one of the stoutest manual transmissions to be built in a Mustang to date, right up there with the Terminator Cobra, and Shelby GT350—composed of a design that is based on the T-56 manual transmission.

The TR-6060 is leaps and bounds compared to its Cobra predecessor from front to back. Components include an aluminum fin casing that provides for additional rigidity and strength, with an integrated bell housing—built with more reliable 26-spline input and output shaft to handle extra power as well as the 624 lb/ft of torque from the 5.8L “Trinity” 32V V8 in the 2013-2014 GT500. Each S197 GT500 over the years has received different gearing for better power distribution, fuel economy, and efficiency.

You can find the TR-6060 transmission in the following Mustangs:

  • 2007-2010 Shelby GT500 Iron Block 5.4L 32V V8
  • 2011-2012 Shelby GT500 Aluminum Block 5.4L 32V V8
  • 2013-2014 Shelby GT500 Aluminum Block 5.8L “Trinity” 32V V8

Tremec TR-6060 Transmission Gear Ratios

2007-2010 GT5002.971.781.301.000.800.633.28
2011-2012 GT5002.971.781.301.000.740.503.28
2013-2014 GT5002.661.821.301.000.770.502.90

Mustang Coyote MT82 Manaual Transmission

Getrag MT-82

Unlike all of the domestic-based transmission predecessors, Ford decided to go overseas with the Getrag MT-82 6-speed transmission for the 5.0L Ti-VCT “Coyote” Engine. The only similarity that this transmission shares to its Tremec counterparts is a ribbed casing and integrated bell housing design. For a lot of enthusiasts, it is a love or hate relationship with the MT-82, due to its unsatisfactory performance and reliability. The output shaft connects to an integrated fixed yoke; oddly, the input shaft is a 23-spline.

Each MT82 features a six forward gear design, lockout reverse gear for added security, and a remotely mounted shifter. Due to the remote shifter design, enthusiasts have found it will lock out individual gears during spirited shifting situations. Across Mustang models such as the GT, Boss 302, and Bullitt are found with similar gearset. Performance enhancements commonly found with the Getrag MT-82 are a short-throw shifter and upgraded clutch.

You can find the MT-82 transmission in the following Mustangs:

  • 2011-2014 S197 Mustang GT 5.0L Gen I “Coyote” 32V V8
  • 2012-2013 S197 Mustang Boss 302 Gen I “Coyote” 32V V8 HO
  • 2011-2014 S197 Mustang 3.7L “Cyclone” 24V V6
  • 2015-2017 S550 Mustang GT 5.0L Gen II “Coyote” 32V V8
  • 2015-17 S550 Mustang 3.7L “Cyclone” 24V V6
  • 2015-2017 S550 Mustang EcoBoost 2.3L I4 Gen I
  • 2018-2020 S550 Mustang EcoBoost 2.3 I4 Gen II
  • 2018-2020 S550 Mustang GT 5.0L Gen III “ Coyote” 32V V8
  • 2019-2020 S550 Mustang Bullitt 5.0L Gen III “Coyote” 32V V8

Getrag MT-82 Transmission Gear Ratios

2011-2017 5.0L V83.662.431.691.321.000.653.32
2011-2017 3.7L V64.242.541.661.241.000.703.32
2015-2017 2.3L EcoBoost4.242.541.661.241.000.703.32
2018-2021 5.0L V83.2372.1041.4221.0000.8140.6223.32
2018-2021 2.3L EcoBoost3.2372.1041.4221.0000.8140.6223.32

Shelby GT350 TR-3160 Manual Gearbox

Tremec TR-3160

When the Shelby GT350 emerged back into the world back in 2015, it was an instant hit amongst Mustang and Shelby enthusiasts. For the first time, Ford featured an engine equipped with a flat-plane crank V8, capable of hitting 8,250 RPM in a 5.2L displacement. The "VooDoo" engine comes standard equipped with 526 horsepower and 429 lb/ft of torque.

To handle all of the RPM the "VooDoo" engine produces, Ford and Tremec had to put their heads together to build one of the most robust manual transmissions today. The result became the TR-3160 manual transmission, designed with either a single or dual overdrive application. Each TR3160 is made with an 81mm center distance while coming equipped with highly durable steel on every shaft and gear set.

Ford allowed the TR-3160 to boost the most amount of torque possible, while still adding strength in a lightweight package. Found within are high capacity tapered bearings as well as synchronizers, this adds to low shifting efforts and throws length through each shift. Since launched, this manual transmission is one of the most sought after and revered in Shelby and Mustang history, due to its precise shifting, incredible performance, and reliability on the track.

You can find the TR-3160 transmission in the following Mustangs:

  • 2015-2020 Shelby GT350 5.2L Flat Plane Crank 32V “VooDoo” V8
  • 2015-2020 Shelby GT350R 5.2L Flat Plane Crank 32V “VooDoo” V8

Tremec TR-3160 Transmission Gear Ratios


2020 Shelby GT500 Dual Clutch Transmission

Tremec TR-9070 DCT

What happens when you set out to build the most potent factory Shelby GT500 in history? You get 760 horsepower and 625 ft/lbs of torque! To handle all of that power, Ford Performance engineers had a daunting task to either go to a traditional clutch/shifter manual or automated manual. Ford decided on the most effective way to manage all the power and put it to the ground, which is a computerized DCT.

The TR-9070 Dual-Clutch is Ford’s first crack at a DCT other than the mighty Ford GT supercar. With the ability to handle 664 lb/ft and shift in less than 80 milliseconds, needless to say, it has taken the GT500 to new heights of performance never seen before. Unlike a standard manual transmission where you have a clutch, gear handle, clutch pedal, and slave cylinder. A dual-clutch transmission uses twin clutch packs to prepare the next gear to shift even before you are. You are allowing the TR-9070 to create lightning shifts that are quicker than the blink of an eye. You end up with the best of both worlds, such as shifting just like a traditional manual gearbox but without the worry of pressing in a clutch pedal and the ability to have a fully functioning automatic transmission.

Tremec’s TR-9070 dual-clutch is designed with attributes to be as light, compact, and durable. Features include the following 9,000 RPM input speed, oil management system for high heat scenarios, dual wet clutch, robust hydroelectric actuation system, and sophisticated TCU (Transmission Control Unit) for precise shifting. Everyone at Steeda is looking forward to exploring the capabilities and performance in the stock platform. Stay tuned to Steeda website and social media channels for the latest updates!

You can find the TR-9070 DCT transmission in the following Mustangs:

  • 2020 Shelby GT500 Supercharged 5.2L Cross Plane Crank 32V “Predator” V8

Tremec TR-9070 DCT Gear Ratios


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Ford Mustang (sixth generation)

Automobile model

Motor vehicle

Sixth generation Ford Mustang (S550)
2019 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 facelift.jpg
ProductionJuly 2014–present[1]
Model years2015–present
AssemblyFlat Rock, Michigan
(Flat Rock Assembly Plant)
DesignerKemal Curić (exterior: 2011, 2012)
Sewon Chun, Michael Thomson (interior: 2011)
ClassPony car (D) — V6 and EcoBoost
Muscle car (S) — GT, Bullitt, Mach 1, Shelby GT350 and GT500
Body style2-door coupé
2-door convertible
LayoutFR layout
PlatformFord S550 platform
Engine2.3 L EcoBoostI4
3.7 L CycloneV6 (2015-2017)
5.0 L CoyoteV8
5.2 L Voodoo V8 (2015-2020 Shelby GT350 & GT350R)
5.2 L Predator V8 (2020 Shelby GT500)
Transmission6-Speed manual (Tremec TR-3160)
Getrag / Ford MT82) (2015-2017)
Getrag / Ford MT82-D4) (2018-)
Ford 6-Speed (6R80) automatic (2015-2017)
Ford 10-speed automatic (10R80) (2018-)
Wheelbase107.1 in (2,720 mm)
Length188.3 in (4,784 mm)
Width75.4 in (1,916 mm)
Height54.4 in (1,381 mm)
Curb weight3,520–3,800 lb (1,600–1,720 kg)
Predecessor2010-2014 Mustang (S-197 II)

Main article: Ford Mustang

The sixth generation Ford Mustang (S550) is the current iteration of the Mustangpony car manufactured by Ford. In departure from prior Mustang models, the sixth generation Mustang includes fully independent rear suspension on all models, as well as an optional 2.3L EcoBoostturbocharged and direct injected four-cylinder engine. The new Mustang was introduced as a 2015 model year vehicle, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Ford Mustang, which was revealed as a 1965 model year vehicle on April 17, 1964.

The sixth generation is also the first Ford Mustang to be marketed and sold globally, and represented the first time that factory right hand drive Mustangs were produced in addition to the left hand drive models. This is part of the "One Ford" business plan, which also applies to the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion/Mondeo, Escape/Kuga, Edge, Ford Transit Connect, and Ford Transit, as well as other models.


The sixth generation of the Ford Mustang debuted on December 5, 2013 with same-day media events in Dearborn, Michigan, Los Angeles, California, New York City, New York, Barcelona, Spain, Shanghai, China, and Sydney, Australia.[2] The 2015 Mustang marks the 50th anniversary of continuous Mustang production, which began in March 1964 in advance of the debut of the original Mustang at the 1964 New York World's Fair on April 17, 1964 in Flushing, Queens.

Development of the 2015 Mustang, codenamed "S550", began in 2009 under chief engineer Dave Pericak and (from late-2009) exterior design director Joel Piaskowski, shortly after the updated 2010 model year Mustang went on sale. In December 2010, an exterior design theme proposal by Kemal Curic from Ford's Cologne, Germany design studios was selected by design management. Curic (also responsible for the 2011 Focus (2012 in the US) and the 2014 Mondeo/Fusion) relocated to Ford's design studios in Dearborn in January 2011. During mid-stage development, Curic's original exterior design proposal was eventually rejected by Ford executives, resulting in rapid design changes. After reviewing 3 different exterior theme proposals (A, B, and C) in design clinics in September 2012, the final exterior design (Theme A) was approved by Ford management, with the final design freeze occurring in December 2012, 20 months ahead of originally scheduled August 2014 production. The interior design program began in the spring of 2010, under Doyle Letson. By late 2011, a final interior proposal was settled on and was a combination of Themes A & B. In June 2012, the final interior design was frozen. The decision to utilize an independent rear suspension for this generation (which had been standard on the 99-04 SVT Cobra) was made very early on (the original intent had been to append an IRS to the existing S197 platform, which ironically enough had been tested with an IRS during its development), and its inclusion resulted in several changes to the platform, not least of which being the redesign of the front suspension (the new platform features a double-pivot MacPherson strut front suspension, similar to a design used on many BMWs); the end result, according to Chief Engineer Dave Pericak, was a brand new platform that had very little in common with its predecessor, from a structural perspective, other than the wheelbase, which carried over.[3] The first test mules in 2010 model year bodies were spotted earlier in June 2012, and the first S550 prototypes were built five months later (exterior design freeze) in May 2013.[4][5][6][7][8][9]


At launch, three engines were available: a 3.7 L V6 (codenamed the"Cyclone"), a 2.3 L turbocharged inline-4 (EcoBoost), or a 5.0 L modular V8 ("Coyote").[10]

The 2.3L EcoBoost engine first debuted in the 2015 Lincoln MKC crossover, which includes improvements over previous iterations. The 2.3 L I4 also reintroduced the 4-cylinder engine to the Mustang lineup, which were standard in cars produced from 1974 to 1993, as well as in the "SVO" turbocharged models from 1984 to 1986.[4][11]

In 2017, Ford discontinued the 3.7L V6, leaving the 2.3 L I4, 5.0 L V8, and 5.2 L V8 as the remaining engine options.

In 2018, the 5.0L V8 engine was updated (2018 (Gen. 3) Updates) with revised intake runners, larger valves and dual injection, which utilizes both direct injection and port injection, enabling it to run 87 octane (AKI) gasoline with 12:1 high compression ratio. The cylinders are lined with a plasma coating, instead of traditional cylinder sleeves. This resulted in a slight increase in displacement from 4,951cc (302 cubic inches) to 5,038cc (307 cubic inches).

The Shelby GT350 uses a modified variant of the modular V8 engine, codenamed the "Voodoo", that featured a displacement of 5,163cc (315 cubic inches) with a flat-plane crankshaft.

The Shelby GT500 utilizes another variant of the modular V8 engine, code-named the "Predator". The engine uses a cross-plane crankshaft and includes a 2.7L twin-scroll supercharger. At the time of their release, both the GT350 and GT500 were the first to use engines with forged aluminum pistons.[12]

As of 2020,[update] export-spec models are available in EcoBoost, GT and Bullitt specifications, with their engines modified for right-hand drive configurations and emission standards. Per Ford's UK claims, combined fuel consumption of the Fastback (manual transmission) under the Euro 6 (WLTP) emissions standard are 31.7 mpg‑imp (26.4 mpg‑US; 8.9 l/100 km) for EcoBoost and 23.9 mpg‑imp (19.9 mpg‑US; 11.8 l/100 km) for GT and Bullitt.[13]

In 2020, Ford introduced the "High Performance Package" for the EcoBoost model. The package includes the 2.3L I4 EcoBoost engine pulled from the Ford Focus RS and mounted in a longitudinal configuration.[14]

In 2021, the Shelby GT350 and Bullitt models were discontinued in favor of the Mach 1.[15]

ModelYearEngine ccPowerTorqueCompression Ratio
Mustang V62015–20173,720 cc (227 cu in) V6304 PS (224 kW; 300 hp) @ 6,500 rpm379 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft) @ 4,000 rpm10.5:1
Mustang EcoBoost2015–20172,253 cc (137 cu in) I4314 PS (231 kW; 310 hp) @ 5,500 rpm434 N⋅m (320 lb⋅ft) @ 3,000 rpm9.5:1
2018–2,253 cc (137 cu in) I4314 PS (231 kW; 310 hp) @ 5,500 rpm475 N⋅m (350 lb⋅ft) @ 3,000 rpm9.5:1
Mustang EcoBoost Export[13]2015–20172,253 cc (137 cu in) I4317 PS (233 kW; 313 hp) @ 5,700 rpm432 N⋅m (319 lb⋅ft) @ 3,000 rpm9.5:1
2018–2,253 cc (137 cu in) I4290 PS (213 kW; 286 hp) @ 5,600 rpm450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) @ 3,000 rpm9.5:1
Mustang EcoBoost (High Performance Package)[14]2020– 2,253 cc (137 cu in) I4 335 PS (246 kW; 330 hp) @ 6,500 rpm 475 N⋅m (350 lb⋅ft) @ 2,500 rpm 9.5:1
Mustang GT2015–20174,951 cc (302 cu in) V8441 PS (324 kW; 435 hp) @ 6,500 rpm542 N⋅m (400 lb⋅ft) @ 4,250 rpm11:1
2018–5,038 cc (307 cu in) V8466 PS (343 kW; 460 hp) @ 7,500 rpm569 N⋅m (420 lb⋅ft) @ 4,600 rpm12:1
Mustang GT Export[13]2015–20174,951 cc (302 cu in) V8421 PS (310 kW; 415 hp) @ 6,500 rpm530 N⋅m (391 lb⋅ft) @ 4,250 rpm11:1
2018–5,038 cc (307 cu in) V8450 PS (331 kW; 444 hp) @ 7,000 rpm533 N⋅m (393 lb⋅ft) @ 4,600 rpm12:1
Mustang Bullitt[12]2019–20205,038 cc (307 cu in) V8487 PS (358 kW; 480 hp) @ 7,000 rpm569 N⋅m (420 lb⋅ft) @ 4,600 rpm12:1
Mustang Bullitt Export[16][17][13]2019–20205,038 cc (307 cu in) V8460 PS (338 kW; 453 hp) @ 7,250 rpm529 N⋅m (390 lb⋅ft) @ 4,600 rpm12:1
Mustang Mach 1[15]2021– 5,038 cc (307 cu in) V8 487 PS (358 kW; 480 hp) @ 7,000 rpm 569 N⋅m (420 lb⋅ft) @ 4,600 rpm 12:1
Shelby GT350[12]2015–20205,163 cc (315 cu in) V8[a]533 PS (392 kW; 526 hp) @ 8,250 rpm582 N⋅m (429 lb⋅ft) @ 4,750 rpm12:1
Shelby GT500[12]2020–5,163 cc (315 cu in) V8[a]771 PS (567 kW; 760 hp) @ 7,300 rpm847 N⋅m (625 lb⋅ft) @ 5,000 rpm9.5:1
  1. ^ abGT350 and GT500 engines are the only ones with forged pistons[12]
  • Mustang's 2.3L EcoBoost I4

  • Mustang's 5.0L Coyote (second generation) V8

  • Mustang's 5.0L Coyote (third generation) V8


The following table shows the transmission gear ratios for six-speed manual transmission on the 3.7-liter V6, 2.3-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter V8

Gear ratios3.7 L V62.3 L I45.0 L V8
Final Drive3.15:1, 3.55:1 (optional)3.31:1, 3.55:1 (Performance Package)3.31:1, 3.55:1 (optional), 3.73:1 Torsen (Performance Package)

The following table shows the transmission gear ratios for a six-speed automatic transmission on the 3.7-liter V6, 2.3-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter V8

Gear ratios3.7 L V62.3 L EcoBoost5.0 L V8
Final Drive3.15:1, 3.55:1 (optional)3.15:1, 3.31:1 (optional), 3.55:1 (Performance Package)3.15:1, 3.55:1 (optional)

UK and AU/NZ-bound right-hand drive models are available in both automatic and manual transmissions, but as of June 2016, Asia-bound right-hand drive models are only offered with the six-speed automatic which, along with the EcoBoost or GT Performance packages (standard on base specs), comes bundled with the 3.55:1 limited-slip final drive ratio. Nevertheless, a limited number of such manual transmission models, particularly on the GT, may be offered towards the end of the year.



The sixth generation of Mustang has been influenced on the front end by Ford’s Evos concept [18] which was featured in the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011. The famous “tri-bar” style taillights are used, and illuminate sequentially as turn signals (for North American models).[18] The Mustang also incorporates "signature" lighting in the form of three illuminated "light-bars" located on the inner portion of each headlight, reminiscent of the First-generation Mustang. The export-spec models illuminate only the "outer light bars" when turn signals are used, and uses reflectors in place of the "signature" lighting within the headlights. The export-spec also includes "fuel cap-style" insignia on the deck-lid.


The new Mustang’s interior body style resembles that of an airplane cockpit along with an increased body width, and a larger cabin similar to the Ford GT. This design gives more room in the back of the vehicle for rear passengers.[18]

A metal tag on the dashboard bears the Ford Mustang "Running Horse" insignia.


Standard features for all 2015+ Ford Mustangs include: proximity key entry with door-mounted touch sensors and keyless entry, push-button start system, an A/M-F/M stereo with single-disc CD/MP3 player, color LCD display, the Ford SYNC System with Bluetooth hands-free phone and A2DP wireless stereo audio streaming, USB/iPod and 3.5-millimeter auxiliary audio input jacks, a cluster-mounted central color LCD driver's information display screen, electronic traction control system (ETCS), electronic stability control system (ESCS), antilock braking system (ABS), front and side-mounted SRS airbags, automatic 9-1-1 call for airbag deployment, and a rear backup camera system.

Optional features include Sirius XM Satellite Radio, the MyFord Touch (2015) or SYNC 3 (2016+) touch-screen multimedia infotainment system with an 8-inch color touch-screen LCD display, smartphone integration, app integration, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (introduced in 2017), Sirius XM Travel Link, HD Radio, and a microSD card slot, plus enhanced voice control. GPS navigation is available, as is a nine-speaker premium sound system, or a twelve-speaker Shaker Pro surround-sound system.

  • Export-spec RHD Mustang's SYNC 2 (Ford MyTouch) interface, without navigation

  • Export-spec RHD Mustang's driver instrumentation

  • USB port, 3.5mm auxiliary jack, and SD card slot inside Mustang's center console storage


For 2015, the Coupe style is renamed the Fastback to pay tribute to the previous-generation Mustang models. The Convertible remains the same. The 2015 Ford Mustang is offered in several models:

  • The V6 model offers standard features such as the carryover 3.7 L V6 engine from the previous-generation Mustang, cloth front bucket seats, an AM/FM radio with six speakers, Ford SYNC, USB, iPod, and auxiliary input jacks, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, keyless access with push-button start and either a six-speed manual transmission or automatic transmission. The model is available in Fastback or Convertible styles.
  • The EcoBoost model offers the same features as the V6 model, but replaces the carryover 3.7 L V6 engine with the 2.3 L Turbocharged I4 engine and adds power front driver's and passenger's seats. This model is only available in Fastback style.
  • The EcoBoost Premium model adds to the EcoBoost model leather seating surfaces, MyFord Touch with Ford SYNC, and HD Radio, the SHAKER Premium Sound System, and more. This model is available in Fastback or Convertible styles.
  • The GT model includes the 5.0 L V8 engine. This model is only available in Fastback style.
  • The GT Premium model model adds to the GT model leather seating surfaces, MyFord Touch with Ford SYNC, and HD Radio, the SHAKER Premium Sound System, and more. This model is available in Fastback or Convertible styles.

The Shelby GT500 model from the Fifth-generation was discontinued for 2015, along with the 5.8 L supercharged modular V8 engine. They have since been supplanted by the GT350/350R models featuring the 5.2 L flat-plane crank V8.

Export-spec variants currently consist of only the EcoBoost and GT grades, with the UK and Australia receiving both the Fastback and Convertible styles and various parts of Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan) receiving the Fastback only (as of June 2016). Meanwhile, Performance Packages are standard on all Asia-bound EcoBoost and GT trims. Markets like India receive only the GT trim (mated to the automatic transmission).

An EcoBoost Performance Package was added for the 2020 model year, which includes the aforementioned EcoBoost engine from the Focus RS, along with upgraded various parts. A handling package was also available, which added active dampers (MagneRide) and wider tires.[19]


Shelby GT350 (2015–2020)[edit]

For 2015, the GT350 debuted featuring a 5.2 L Flat Plane Crank V8 engine with 526 hp (392 kW) and 429 lb⋅ft (582 N⋅m) of torque. The GT350 is more track focused than the GT500, and was benchmarked against the Camaro Z28, Porsche GT3, Mercedes-Benz C63, and BMW M4. Notable features are track-focused chassis tuning, significant aero-dynamic changes to include lowering the hood around the engine, 2-piece, cross-drilled brake rotors paired with Brembo calipers, MagneRide damping option, lightweight Tremec TR-3160 six speed manual transmission, Recaro seats, and various lightweight components (e.g., carbon fiber reinforced polymer radiator support that directs cooling channels for various components).[20]

Additional options, such as larger alloy wheels, navigation system, rear backup sensors, a rear backup camera, blind spot monitoring, security system, SHAKER PRO Surround Sound Premium Sound System, premium leather seating surfaces, and HID front headlamps are available. Interior color is limited to the standard Black interior color scheme.

The GT350 and GT350R have been discontinued for the 2021 model year in favor of the GT500, with Ford offering the Mach 1 as an indirect successor.[21]

Bullitt (2019)[edit]

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film Bullitt, Ford unveiled the latest incarnation of the Bullitt edition Mustang GT at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The unveiling was presented by Molly McQueen, granddaughter of Steve McQueen. Like the original 1968 car, this Mustang will be offered in Dark Highland Green, but also in Black. In addition, the car will have custom instrument panel graphics, dashboard stitching, seat pattern, and optional Recaro seats. The 5.0 L V8 receives a larger 87mm throttle body, modified GT350 manifold and cold air intake with re calibration, resulting in a power increase to 480 hp (358 kW). A six-speed manual is the only transmission available on this model.[22]Steeda created a "Steve McQueen Limited Edition" of the Bullitt in partnership with Chad McQueen and McQueen Racing, which was a globally limited edition to 300 units worldwide.

Shelby GT500 (2020)[edit]

In addition to the Bullitt edition Mustang GT, the Shelby GT500 moniker returned in 2019 as a 2020 model, after a six-year hiatus. The new GT500 has a supercharged motor based on the GT350's 5.2 L V8 block, but with a cross-plane crankshaft as opposed to a flat-plane crankshaft (as in GT350), which generates 760 hp (567 kW).[23][24]

Mach 1 (2021)[edit]

The Mach 1 returned as a 2021 model, marking the first time the nameplate has been used since 2004. The Mach 1 uses the GT's 5.0L "Coyote" V-8 producing 480 hp (358 kW) at 7,000 rpm and 420 lb⋅ft (569 N⋅m) at 4,600 rpm, borrowing several parts from the Shelby models. Ford engineers were originally targeting 525 hp (391 kW) and 450 lb⋅ft (610 N⋅m). The lightweight TREMEC six-speed manual transmission, intake manifold, oil-filter adapter, engine oil cooler, and front and rear sub-frame are shared with the Shelby GT350, while the rear axle cooling system, rear toe link, and rear diffuser are shared with the Shelby GT500.[25][26]

Special editions[edit]

Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition (2015)[edit]

Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

A total of 1964 units of a version of the 2015 Ford Mustang GT Coupé with the performance pack and either a manual or automatic transmission, were made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang vehicle lineup. Changes included a choice of two special edition body colors based on 1964 model year colors (Wimbledon White and Kona Blue), louvered rear quarter- windows with layered sheets of glass, cashmere-stitched leather-wrapped steering wheel, cashmere-stitching in instrument panel, shifter boot, center armrest, door inserts and seats; exclusive two-tone cashmere and black leather upholstery, Mustang 50 Year logo on the seat backs, loop-carpet floor mats with cashmere stitching and suede binding, 19-inch (9.0/9.5-inch front/rear) alloy wheels with unique Y-spoke design, 255/40R front tires, 275/40R rear tires.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.[27]

The vehicle went on sale in September 2014.[28]

This model will be marketed as a 2014 1/2 model, paying tribute to the original 1964 1/2 model. Wimbledon White and Kona Blue will no longer be available exterior colors on the Mustang after the 50 Year Limited Edition's discontinuation when the model sells out.

A "one of one" convertible version of the 50 Year Limited Edition Mustang was raffled off for charity on the "Woodward Dream Cruise" on August 16, 2014 with the proceeds benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.[29]

The 50 Years Appearance Package will continue to be available on the EcoBoost Premium and GT Premium Fastback and Convertible models after the 50 Year Limited Edition sells out. It will add nineteen-inch chrome-finished alloy wheels, the "stable"-style front grille, the "Running Horse" front fender badges, a unique "Raven" interior color scheme, and more.

A 50-Year Limited Edition 2015 Ford Mustang served as the pace car for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, November 14–16, 2014.

F-35 Lightning II (2015)[edit]

On July 31, 2014 a special 2015 Mustang was auctioned off at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with proceeds going to benefit the EAA’s Young Eagles program.

The F-35 Lightning II Mustang was named after the then new F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. Based on a 2015 Mustang GT fastback, this one-off model was one of the first sixth generation Mustangs to be sold. The exterior features glossy and matte dark-silver paint along with yellow hood stripes, mirror caps, and brake calipers. Blue and yellow rear-end graphics mimic the tail livery of early-production examples of the F35 fighter jet, as does the gold tint on its windows. The car sits on lowered Eibach springs and custom black and yellow Forgiato 21-inch wheels, while the exhaust system is modified with larger, ceramic-coated cans. The F-35 Lightning II Mustang also features a custom aero kit with carbon-fiber components including a front splitter, sill extensions, a rear diffuser, and a stand-up rear spoiler. The final exterior touches come in the form of an F-35 badge on the rear panel, and the flags of nine U.S. allies on the lower doors. The interior of the car features mix of black and yellow parts, with additions including Recaro racing seats, a modified instrument cluster, custom audio system, and sill plates, as well as F-35 Lightning II embroidery on the floor mats, door panels, and seatbacks. The car comes with a 6-speed manual transmission.[30]

Galpin Fisker Rocket (2015)[edit]

Mustang Rocket convertible concept

Unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the self-dubbed “Ultimate American Muscle Car” was shown to the world as a special coach-built 2015 Mustang from Galpin Auto Sports and designer Henrik Fisker.

Named simply “Rocket” — this supercharged 725 horsepower (541 kW) V8 Mustang uses carbon fiber extensively for the body, from the carbon fiber grille, front splitter, side skirts, rear decklid and rear diffuser. In addition, the Rocket also features 21″ ADV.1 wheels and 15" Brembo brakes along with a special leather interior. The car is limited in production.

A convertible version of this car has been conceptualized, but never put into production.[31]

Hennessey HPE700 & HPE750 Editions (2015–2016)[edit]

The "HPE700 Supercharged Upgrade" is an upgrade package from Hennessey Performance Engineering that boosts the Mustang's power output to 717 hp (535 kW) and 632 lb⋅ft (857 N⋅m) of torque at 4,400 rpm, courtesy of a Roots-style supercharger running 7.25psi of boost. This represents an increase of 300 bhp over the Mustang’s standard output. It has a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds, and a 1/4 mile time of 11.2 at 131 mph. The car reportedly has a top speed of 200 mph.

Production is limited to 500 units.[32]

The "HPE750 Supercharged Upgrade" offers 774 hp (577 kW) and 648 lb⋅ft (879 N⋅m) of torque at 4,400 rpm. The 0-60 mph time is 3.4 seconds with a 1/4 mile time of 10.9 seconds at 133 mph (214 km/h). The HPE750 tested by Hennessey has reportedly hit a top speed 207.9 mph.[33]

Roush RS Models (2015-2017)[edit]

The Roush RS models are upgrade packages from Roush Performance for the Mustang. For 2015, the standard components of each RS model include new front and rear fascias, new grill, driving lamps, side-sill extensions, a rear spoiler, embroidered floor mats. Stage 1 vehicles also have a performance exhaust system, while Stage 2 cars get all of the above plus a set of five-spoke 20-inch “Quicksilver” wheels and Cooper RS3 performance tires. (The rolling stock is available as an upgrade on the other two models.) Optional on all are a hood scoop, window scoops, billet pedals, a ball shifter, Roush gauges and door sill plates. Stage 1 and Stage 2 models can also be upgraded with a reverse-sensing system and active exhaust.[34]

For 2016, the basic RS model carries over unchanged. The Stage 1 setup now supports the 4 cylinder EcoBoost. Stage 2 also carries over. Completely new for 2016 is the Roush Stage 3. The 2016 Roush Stage 3 Mustang is the most powerful production Mustang offered by the Roush Performance garage at 670 hp (500 kW) or an optional 730 hp (544 kW). The 670 hp version still keeps the Ford and Roush 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty, but the 730 hp version does not. Standard features include a Roush Quad-Tip exhaust (with the ROUSH Active Exhaust System as an optional add-on), and the “R7” aerobody, complete with graphics and badging. The RS3 comes equipped with a standard single adjustable coilover suspension system, with an optional competition-tuned 3-way adjustable system available. .[35]

Saleen S302 Models (2015–2016)[edit]

Saleen has introduced 3 different models for the sixth-generation Mustang.

The "White Label S302" includes a naturally aspirated 450 hp 302ci 5.0 L V8 engine. A manual transmission is standard but an automatic is optional. This model contains the Saleen S302 styling package for advanced aerodynamics. The White Label is available in 23 different colors, with 2 different wheel size options: standard 20" 5 spoke, or an optional 19" 7 spoke. Both wheels are available in standard Silver/Chrome, Carbonite, or Brushed Aluminum finish. To make this model Saleen specific, there is a Saleen logo deck lid insert and model specific badging. Other upgrades include a spoiler known as the "Saleen high downforce wing" and a Saleen exhaust system. The White Label can be configured in either a coupe or convertible version. Each vehicle is given its own VIN and is catalogued throughout the manufacturing process, giving it authentic collectability and higher resale values.[36]

For the "Yellow Label S302" model, all of the amenities listed above are included, but with an eight generation Saleen Supercharger good for 715 hp under the hood."Saleen S302 Yellow Label". Saleen. Retrieved April 18, 2018.</ref>

The "Black Label S302" comes standard with a 450 hp 302ci 5.0 L V8 engine, but can be optioned with a supercharger and Powerflash calibration to make 730 hp (544 kW). Wheel and color options are the same as the White and Yellow labels. The Saleen exhaust system also carries over from the White and Yellow labels. Other performance modifications include a standard S4 suspension package or an optional fully adjustable suspension setup and 13.9" vented 4-piston brakes which come standard, or 15" slotted 6-piston brakes, which are optional. The Black Label also features a body kit, including a completely redesigned front fascia, axial grill, hood, side skirts, wing, and rear diffuser. [37]

Shelby American GT (2015–2016)[edit]

Main article: Shelby Mustang § 2015-2016 Shelby GT

There is an optional hood extension, mirror cap, tail light panel, and convertible light bar available. When ordering the car, you have the option of all the factory paint colors, plus the option of racing stripes in 5 different colors. Other visual hues include special Shelby badging and 20" WELD Racing Wheels available in 3 different colors and upper and lower grilles with Shelby GT badging in 2 different colors. The interior of the car gets a Shelby GT dash plaque as well as embroidered headrests and floor mats. A Katzkin interior is also available as an option as well as Shelby valve covers, and an engine cap kit.

Performance wise, the Shelby GT is outfitted with a cold air intake that comes standard with the car good for a small increase in horsepower. Also standard is the Ford Performance handling pack, short throw shifter, and exhaust with Shelby tips. Performance options include a Ford Performance Supercharger good for 670 hp (500 kW), half shafts, differential and transmission cooling, Wilwood brakes (6 piston in the front, 4 piston in the rear), brake duct kit, camber/caster plates, adjustable rear control arms, 3:73 rear gears, a carbon fiber dash mounted 3-gauge pod to track boost, fuel, and oil pressure, race seats, roll cage, and a harness.

The car can be customized in coupe or convertible forms, as well as in GT or Ecoboost versions.[38]

Warrior Edition (2015–2016)[edit]

In 2015, Roush Motorsport teamed up with Military Auto Sales to build vehicles specifically for military members stationed overseas, or currently deployed. The result was a numbered and limited run of 15 stage 3, GT-based 627 hp (468 kW) supercharged fastbacks, and 30 Ecoboost-based 320 hp (239 kW) fastbacks. They were only available in Race Red or Midnight Black, with the opposite color on their side stripes and decals. Most came with a 6-speed manual transmission.

For 2016, a second run of 45 were offered for sale. All were 670 hp (500 kW), with a 6-speed manual. They were split evenly between Shadow Black, Race Red, and Deep Impact Blue.

Shelby GT350R (2015-2020)[edit]

A further enhanced and even more limited edition of the GT350 with an "R" package (GT350R) was introduced by Ford in 2015, with only 37 units being made. The first GT350R with #001 sold for $1 million at a Barrett Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.[39]

Significant engineering innovations result in weight savings, aero improvements to benefit on-track performance; Ford is the first major automaker to introduce carbon fiber wheels as standard equipment on Shelby GT350R Mustang. Items removed include air conditioning, the stereo system, rear seats, trunk floorboard and carpet, backup camera and emergency tire sealer and inflator. Exhaust resonators also have been removed for weight savings with the benefit of creating a sharper exhaust tone.

The Shelby GT350R is more than 130 lbs (59 kg) lighter than the Shelby GT350 Track Pack model, which has proven its durability in multiple 24-hour racetrack tests. The GT350R also comes with carbon fiber wheels which weigh only 18 lbs (8 kg) each compared to similarly specified aluminum wheels which typically weigh 33 lbs (15 kg) each.

Aside from carbon fiber wheels, larger front splitter and rear wing, Shelby GT350R features distinct design details. Exterior touches include red painted brake calipers, red pin striping at the edges of the optional over-the-top racing stripes and Shelby GT350R badging. Inside is high-contrast red stitching, Shelby GT350R badging and the D-shaped steering wheel fitted with a red center mark at the top.[40]

One optional feature for the GT350R is the GT350R Technology Package, which adds the Ford SYNC 3 multimedia infotainment system, seven speakers, a rear backup camera system, SIRIUS-XM Satellite Radio, and air conditioning. The package is ideal for GT350R buyers who plan to use their car for more than track purposes or for show. Parts of this package, namely the infotainment system and backup camera, were made standard during April 2018 production, due to U.S. legislation requiring all new vehicles sold in the U.S. to have backup cameras.

Shelby GT500SE (2021)[edit]

The special edition of the standard GT500 only sold by Shelby. It includes 800+ hp, lowered and tuned suspension and 13.6 kg (30 lb) shed. Shelby limits production to 100 cars per model year.

Concepts and prototypes[edit]

Mustang Cobra Jet 1400[edit]

Unveiled by Ford Performance, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is an electric dragster prototype. The V8 engine was replaced with high-output electric motors. As a result, as the name suggests, the factory-made prototype generates close to 1,400 hp (1,419 PS) and 1,491 nm (1,100 lb-ft) of torque. The electric prototype is a homage to the first Cobra Jet that was heavily tested on drag strips. Mark Rushbrook, the CEO of Ford Performance Motorsports, says that the Cobra Jet 1400 is an opportunity to develop electric powertrains on an existing, popular sports car. The developers for the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 include MLe Racecars, Watson Engineering, AEM EV, and Cascadia.[41]

2018 refresh[edit]

2018 Mustang GT 5.0 right-hand drive export model


On January 17, 2017, Ford officially introduced the refreshed 2018 Mustang. For 2018, Ford discontinued the V6 model and its 300 hp (224 kW) 3.7L Cyclone V6 engine, leaving the EcoBoost, GT, Shelby GT350, and Shelby GT350R. The refreshed Mustang sports a restyled front clip and dashboard design, and new standard and optional wheels. Additionally, Ford introduced a 12-inch LCD digital gauge cluster as an option for premium models. However, none of these updates were applied to the Shelby GT350/GT350R, which retained their unique front end and instrument cluster.

A new ten-speed automatic transmission (10R80) replaces the existing six-speed unit, and joins the six-speed manual transmission as an option. The new automatic transmission was developed by a joint venture between General Motors and the Ford Motor Company, where it is already used in the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and 2017 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. The MagneRide adjustable suspension system, previously only available in the Shelby GT350 and the Shelby GT350R, is now available on standard Mustang models. An Active Valve Performance exhaust system allows the driver to adjust the volume of the Mustang's exhaust. Also, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel is now offered in addition to the available heated and ventilated front seats. The instrument panel has also been redesigned with new trim panels, available in four standard finishes, as well as carbon fiber, depending upon the model of Mustang that is chosen. The Performance Package Level 2 option incorporates a larger radiator, wider Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and Brembo brake calipers (like on the GT350), enhanced springs, K-Brace, a Strut-Tower Brace, larger Sway Bar, and unique chassis tuning.[42]

Features that remain available from the 2017 Ford Mustang include: the SYNC 3 infotainment system featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, the SHAKER PRO premium audio system, the GT Performance Package (renamed Performance Package Level 1), the Premium Plus Package, and the Wheel and Stripe Package. New exterior color options include: Orange Fury Metallic Tri-Coat and Royal Crimson Metallic Tinted Clear Coat, while new interior color options include Showstopper Red and Midnight Blue. The refreshed Mustang was released in North America in Autumn of 2017 with the EcoBoost/EcoBoost Premium, GT/GT Premium, and Shelby GT350/GT350R models.[43]


In February 2015, the Mustang earned a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for front, side, and rollover crash protection.[44]

Euro NCAP tested a LHD (Left Hand Drive), European version of the 2-door coupe variant on a 2017 registration and earned 2 stars out of 5.[45] The refreshed Mustang was reassessed in July 2017 after Ford made some changes to the car which included the addition of collision avoidance features. The score was upgraded to 3 stars out of 5.[46]


As part of the Mustang's 50th anniversary celebration, Ford engineers cut a Mustang convertible into small sections and reassembled it on the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York City.[49][50]

Ford has also implemented the In a Mustang tagline, which also features short films featuring the 2015 Ford Mustang. Such films are uploaded to YouTube on the Ford Mustang Channel.

Ford worked with Lego to create a special Lego Speed Champion version of the Mustang GT. It was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show[when?] as a promotion of the Ford Mustang. Lego and Ford gave away the models for free to children who came to show. A few months later, the model could be purchased at toy stores.

Hot Wheels have released multiple iterations of the Ford Mustang over the years, appealing to diecast collectors worldwide.[51]


The Shelby Mustang GT350R-C, the race version of the GT350R, was campaigned by Multimatic Motorsports in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, winning the 2016 drivers' and constructors' championships.[52] For 2017, the new Mustang GT4 racecar was built and sold by Multimatic.

The Mustang is competing in the Australian Supercars Championship in 2020 with DJR Team Penske, Kelly Racing and Tickford Racing.[53]

The Mustang replaced the Fusion in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The Mustang is currently run in the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series. [54][55]


The 2015 Ford Mustang began production at the Flat Rock, Michigan plant on Monday, July 14, 2014. Flat Rock Mustang production had initially been scheduled for August 11, 2014, being moved forward by 4 weeks for undisclosed reasons. U.S. market launch of the 2015 Mustang range was scheduled on September 15, 2014 for the coupe and October 27, 2014 for the convertible.[4][56]



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The 2018 Ford Mustang, like pony cars in general, pairs best with a manual transmission. Its stoplight-racing, smoke-'em-if-you-got-'em attitude begs for three pedals of driver involvement and a slick, row-your-own shift lever between the front seats—regardless of engine choice. But with Ford and General Motors having co-developed a new 10-speed automatic, the latest's Mustang's mid-cycle update provided an opportunity for Ford's seminal pony car to receive the brand's newest transmission. While the automatic remains an option we'd skip out of personal preference, the result is indeed a quicker and more flexible Mustang.

Ford's version of the 10-speed 'box made its debut in the second-generation F-150 Raptor for 2017, later rolling out into lesser F-150s as well as the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. (GM's applications currently include V-8–powered Chevrolet Camaros and versions of its full-size trucks and SUVs with the optional 6.2-liter V-8.) In the Mustang, the 10-speed replaces the previous six-speed automatic and costs $1595 in both the four-cylinder EcoBoost and V-8 GT models. For this review, we tested fastback coupe variants with each of the available engines.

A Slight Straight-Line Boost

Both of our test cars featured their respective optional Performance packages, which add a Torsen limited-slip differential and, in EcoBoost models, alter the rear axle ratio from 3.31:1 to shorter 3.55 gears (automatic GTs keep their 3.55:1 axle). For the EcoBoost model, the package costs $2495 and also includes 19-inch wheels with 255/40ZR-19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires, stiffer front springs, a larger-diameter rear anti-roll bar, retuned dampers, beefier brake rotors and calipers, a larger radiator, revised tuning for the ABS, stability control, electrically assisted power-steering systems, and a few other extras.

Additional equipment—notably the $2200 Equipment Group 201A (leather upholstery with contrast stitching, a 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster, upgraded interior trim, heated seats and steering wheel, navigation for the central 8.0-inch Sync 3 touchscreen, and more), $1695 MagneRide dampers, $1595 Recaro sport seats, and the $895 Shaker Pro audio system—meant that our EcoBoost Premium test car, at 3750 pounds, weighed 194 pounds more than the previous entry-level model we tested with the six-speed stick. From the Mustang Premium's $31,690 starting point (base-trim models start at $26,675), the automatic car's final tally came to $40,570.

Swapping the 310-hp 2.3-liter turbo four's manual for an automatic yielded modest improvements at the test track: its zero-to-60-mph run dropped a mere tenth, from a respectable 5.1 seconds to 5.0, with the quarter-mile pass shrinking from 13.7 to 13.5 seconds but with a 3-mph-slower trap speed of 99 mph. Lined up against the Ford's archrival, the Chevy Camaro, both EcoBoost models were within a couple of tenths of the best returns we've recorded from Camaros powered by both the 275-hp turbo four and the 335-hp V-6, regardless of transmission choice. With an excellent 0.98 g of stick on the skidpad and a 153-foot stop from 70 mph, the automatic Mustang's grip levels compared much more favorably to the manual's 0.92-g and 164-foot results on all-season tires. The automatic, however, does nothing to improve the EcoBoost four-cylinder's dull drone of an engine note.

A Stronger Showing

Our automatic-equipped GT coupe was, at 3851 pounds, 27 pounds lighter than the manual example we previously evaluated. Both models featured the GT Performance package, which, for $3995, includes similar upgrades as the EcoBoost's package, save for the GT's additional chassis bracing, staggered-width 19-inch Michelin tires (255/40ZR-19s in front, 275/40ZR-19s in back), and even larger Brembo front brakes with six-piston calipers.

Additional options that bumped our standard-level GT from its $36,185 base price to an as-tested $47,160 included the $2000 Equipment Group 301A (dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, the 8.0-inch touchscreen with Sync 3, a nine-speaker premium stereo, selectable driving-mode toggle switches on the center stack, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity), the $1695 MagneRide dampers, the GT's must-have $895 active-valve performance exhaust, and $795 for navigation.

At the test track, the automatic's advantage was clear as it better harnessed the 460 horses and 420 lb-ft of Ford's latest and melodious 5.0-liter V-8: The 10-speed GT rocketed to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds versus the manual's 4.3, and it shaved half a second off the quarter-mile run, posting a 12.1 at 120 mph compared to a 12.6 at 115 mph. While the 455-hp Camaro SS with the six-speed manual bettered the similar GT with 4.0- and 12.2-second figures, the automatic Ford outpaced the 2019 Chevy with a very similar 10-speed by a tenth both to 60 mph and through the quarter, and also had a 2-mph-faster trap speed. The 0.97 g that the self-shifting Mustang returned on the skidpad was similar to the manual's 0.96 g, although its 156-foot stop from 70 mph was an eight-foot improvement.

Quicker Doesn't Mean Great

Away from the test track, the 10-speed automatic's strengths are less pronounced, particularly when it comes to fuel economy. The manual four-cylinder Mustang coupe's EPA estimates are 21 mpg city and 31 highway, with the automatic good for only 1 mpg more on the interstate. Opting for the EcoBoost's Performance package, however, drops the 10-speed car's figures to 20 and 29 mpg. We averaged 21 mpg with the manual car and 20 mpg with the automatic. For the GT, the 10-speed is worth 1 mpg extra in the city to the EPA, which rates the automatic coupe at 16 mpg city and 25 highway. Yet we only managed 16 mpg overall versus 19 mpg with the stick. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy loop, the automatic GT returned a so-so 24 mpg.

Adding to the diminished fun factor that comes from the automatic's reduced level of driver engagement, Ford's 10-speed often struggles to satisfy unless you're cruising in leisurely fashion or driving flat out. If the car is left in Normal driving mode, shifts are generally smooth and unobtrusive around town as the transmission shuffles through its ratios. Sport mode invites quicker and firmer upshifts as well as more aggressive downshifts, but the action also becomes less refined under moderate throttle inputs and clunky during multi-gear downshifts while pulling up to a traffic light. When pressed to perform, Ford's setup comes across as overly busy. Moving up to the sportier Track and Drag modes significantly increases the ferocity of the gearchanges, which are highly effective when winding out the 5.0 V-8 to its 7500-rpm redline or during hard braking for an apex on a racetrack. Yet neither setting lends the 10-speed enough sophistication to tolerate it in maximum-attack mode on the street for long.

We've logged similar complaints about the 10-speed's tuning in our long-term F-150 Raptor pickup, in which the transmission would often stumble under harder use as it rifled through its range of cogs. Ten gears are a lot to manage, and Ford has proved it can do it well, such as when backing the 440-lb-ft of torque from the F-150's new Power Stroke 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 engine. But the precision and clever mapping that the nearly identical gearbox exhibits in virtually all of GM's applications shows that Ford has yet to extract the full potential from its version. It's true that opting for the Mustang's 10-speed automatic makes for a quicker and more domesticated steed, but the car rarely lets you forget that it could be better still.



2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium Automatic

VEHICLE TYPE: front engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE AS TESTED: $40,570 (base price: $31,690)

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 138 cu in, 2261 cc
Power: 310 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 350 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 10-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 13.9-in vented disc/13.0-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, 255/40ZR-19 (100Y)

Wheelbase: 107.1 in
Length: 188.5 in
Width: 75.4 in
Height: 54.3 in
Passenger volume: 83 cu ft
Trunk volume: 14 cu ft
Curb weight: 3750 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 5.0 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 13.7 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 26.1 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.6 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.1 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.8 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.5 sec @ 99 mph
Top speed (governor limited, C/D est): 150 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 153 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.98 g

Observed: 20 mpg

Combined/city/highway: 23/20/29 mpg



2018 Ford Mustang GT Automatic

VEHICLE TYPE: front engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE AS TESTED: $47,160 (base price: $36,185)

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection

Displacement: 307 cu in, 5038
Power: 460 hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque: 420 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 10-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 15.0-in vented disc/13.0-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, F: 255/40ZR-19 (100Y) R: 275/40ZR-19 (105Y)

Wheelbase: 107.1 in
Length: 188.5 in
Width: 75.4 in
Height: 54.3 in
Passenger volume: 83 cu ft
Trunk volume: 14 cu ft
Curb weight: 3851 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 3.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 8.5 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 14.8 sec
Zero to 150 mph: 21.7 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.6 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.5 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 12.1 sec @ 120 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 156 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 156 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.97 g

Observed: 16 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 24 mpg
Highway range: 380 miles

Combined/city/highway: 19/16/25 mpg



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